Monday, December 5, 2016

Sophia and Love

I took my Sunday sketch from a few weeks ago and added colored pencil to use as a finished example for my classes.

The other day I created a drawing in my sketchbook entitled, "Just Between You and Me," in marker.

This one is a bit of a narrative piece. Our positive feelings don't always speak for themselves; although it's important to show the ones we love how we feel about them, we need to tell them what makes them special and be specific...and if we can throw a little humor in there, even better, like Harry in "When Harry Met Sally" when he tells Sally, "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out" and "I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich." Endearing.

Btw, have I told you lately how much I appreciate it when you visit/comment/lurk? Because I do. ♥

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Drawing Sophia

My Sunday Sketch is of Sophia Loren, a beautiful actress with incredible talent and much wisdom.

Here are two of my favorite quotes from her:

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

"After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."

Her words make you want to get out there and LIVE. Happy Sunday and enjoy all your adventures!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Drawing Ava this A.M.

I'm creating a new "Old Hollywood" face this morning for work.

It's nice to be able to do what I love and call it work, but it doesn't all come together by sitting around drawing portraits. I research, knock on doors, send e-mails, make cold calls, hunt for good, quality supplies, keep my training up to date (including my background screening, TB test and physical, and 12 hours of continuing ed every two years), and much, much more.

I gravitate towards people who inspire me, not just with their work but with their work ethic. I flee from negativity and unnecessary drama. I seek out kindred spirits and welcome new adventures. I nurture my soul.

I do all these things in order to continue doing what I love and hopefully, make the world a better place, even if it's just my little corner of the world. It's a start.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Sketch

Meet "Malachi's Girl," a little Sunday Sketch I created in colored pencil.

I have enough chocolate to last me through Valentine's Day but hopefully, we'll get some adorable trick-or-treaters (no creepy clowns or dads dressed like Trump) and it'll be gone by tomorrow night.

Have a safe and happy week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Meet "Landa," a Caribbean island girl created in ink. This chica is intelligent, progressive, has a thirst for adventure and knows how to enjoy her freedom. She's also restless and rebellious, and that can be a good thing, helping her move forward and break new ground.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


She's not much of a scarecrow, in fact, "Sabrina" can never stand still and has a flock of feathered friends following her wherever she goes.

This Sunday Sketch was created in India ink and is a part of my Meditative Misses series.

Rain or shine, warm or cool, have a beautiful Sunday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


For my Graphite Girls series I begin with "Contemplando," which is the Spanish word for contemplating. Is she thinking of quitting her job? Did she just go through a breakup? Is she watching tonight's final debate between Hillary & Trump?

Sketching is similar to finger exercises on the piano; the more you do it, the more comfortable you are with drawing and the better you get. Sometimes I'll try to play an old song on the piano and if I think about each note and what it is or how to play it, I freeze. If I sit down and relax, letting my fingers take over, I can play the song.

Part of it is taking the time to practice and the other is trusting your instincts after you've put in the hours. It's interesting how that works.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Gift from Magic Love Crow

Nothing says Happy Autumn like this gift from my friend, Stacy, aka "Magic Love Crow."

The title of this mini masterpiece is "Witching Hour" and it will look adorable in my music room below the unfinished painting by my mother's friend, Lina (that's a story for another day). It has the same fall colors.

Thank you, Stacy, for the kind words that accompany this sweet surprise. Happy Weekend, everyone, and much love and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Matthew!

STORM UPDATE: I'm in Tampa and we are expecting lots of rain and some tropical storm-like conditions, but this is nothing new to the area. I'm happy to hear my friends and family in Miami are safe. Let's hope the loop the storm plans to make keeps it out in the Atlantic!

Friday, September 30, 2016

29 Faces - Sept. 2016

Here are my faces for this year's 29 Faces Challenge in no particular order.

I once heard, "If you practice something every day for at least an hour, in five years' time you will be a master at it." I'm not a master at portrait drawing, but I do sketch just about every day and I feel my drawing skills have improved because of it.

Remember my friend, Dottie? If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll remember the story about the organ she bought when she was in her late 70s. When asked if she realized how old she'd be by the time she learned to play it, she answered, "The same age I'll be if I don't learn to play it." Smart woman that Dottie was.

I'm with her, it's never too late to learn something to play an instrument, cook, paint, speak a foreign language. The list is endless. Once we know what we want to do, it helps to meet enthusiastic, like-minded people who are passionate about the subject, read articles and books about it, watch YouTube videos and documentaries and do whatever it is you need to do to help you move forward.

Five years go by quickly.

Happy PPF and Weekend to you! xo

Monday, September 5, 2016

Girl Can't Help It

My son's team heads into the hockey finals this afternoon, but before we leave I wanted to post my latest sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge. In this challenge I'll be sketching in graphite only throughout the month of September.

This is "Girl Can't Help It," the title of the 1986 song written by Journey keyboardist, Jonathan Cain, with Steve Perry on vocals. She will be a part of my series, Portraits Inspired by 80s Music.

Sometimes in a relationship when we know things aren't right and see the red flags, we still feel a connection. We hope whatever we're going through is just a bump in the road, but when it's been a while and the bad outweighs the good...well, life's relatively short and how many chances do you want to give someone who's clearly not good for you? It brings us to another Journey song.

"Girl can't help it, she needs more..." 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monkeying Around with Frida

In colored pencil, using a colorless blender on most of the face, I created "Play Date with Frida." My mother took one look at it and said, "her eyebrows look a little thick." lol A little bit. :)

This portrait was made on one of the textured art boards she mailed me last week. Great gifts! I plan to work on more celebrities, including a few requests and I need to add more subjects from the Golden Age of Hollywood for work. If you can suggest some less-known actors or musicians, I would love and appreciate it. Thank you!

I'd like to begin using more solvents, too...on Elvis' hair, maybe, or backgrounds. I've experimented very little with OMS and now I hear you can use mineral oil or baby oil in place of the more expensive stuff. The good thing about OMS is you can add color over it once it's dry for a more desired effect, something I don't think you can do with mineral/baby oil.

Any thoughts on working with solvents?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

You Don't Say!

My Sunday Sketch entitled, "You Don't Say," was done in graphite and shows a little disbelief, disappointment and anger...because not everything a loved one tells you is what you want to hear.

I had a long conversation last night about life and love. We talked about how pointless it is to keep trying to knock sense into someone who is blinded by love and refuses to see the obvious. Love always hopes and anything is possible but when there's a list of things that don't add up, it's time to question those things...however, this is the job of the person involved, not those on the outside looking in, and only if he/she wants answers.

I think it's sweet and romantic to follow one's heart, as long as he/she doesn't lose her head over it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

B & W Drawings for Tattoo Art Exhibit

Tomorrow night at the Dunedin Fine Art Center two of my ink drawings will be a part of the Wearable Art 12 exhibit, Rat-a-Tatt-Tatt, featuring and celebrating the art of tattoos.

"Evening Traveler" and "Loves Me Not" in India Ink on 8" X 10" canvases were created in two days during my mother's recent visit to the Tampa Bay area. She prefers the chica on the left but the one on the right is my favorite because her eyes are more expressive and I like the overall contrast.

Both of these ink drawings were meditative. I prefer to listen to music while I work with ink but sometimes I'll chat with family or friends over coffee, where I mostly listen. It's a non-stressful way of multi-tasking and sometimes our talks will move the artwork in a new direction...and just like a song can bring back a memory, when I look at some of the faces I've created, bits and pieces of the conversations I've had come back to me. I love it when that happens; I consider them part of the portrait.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


..."Maureen O'Hara...With a Twist."

This portrait drawing in colored pencil was inspired by a sketch of the image below.

Thank you, Granny Annie, for a great guess; you solved the mystery! (I feel like you deserve a gift...but then you already possess so many gifts.) ;)

It's not exactly like the photo; it's art and it's like when you whisper a secret to someone and that someone whispers it to somebody else; in the end, the message takes on its own form. The same can be said about this portrait drawing.

I'm linking this post to my favorite Friday group, Paint Party Friday, where creativity flourishes and the party never ends. Stop by when you have a moment and be inspired!

Feliz Friday!

PS - Thank you, Walking Man, for the critique. I think she looks better.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cassandra and a Shot of Home

After a busy month of unpacking, organizing and settling into our new place, I can breathe. We still have lots to do in the pool area, which is peaceful and relaxing...

...but the rush and deadlines are over and I had time to create another portrait drawing in ink, "Cassandra," for Paint Party Friday. I know it's Saturday, but the party lives on.

She is a combination of a few women I know; a little showy on the outside, but sensitive and real on the inside. Btw, that's a tear of pride you see, not pain.